Posted by: Kate | 2020/06/30


Shaking in 18 month old after 18 month vaccine

Hi Doc... I just had a very scary experience. Took my 18 month old for her vaccine. She was fine during the day no fever or other symptoms. However, 2 o clock in the morning, I felt her against me, shaking slightly, she was abit hot, checked her temperature it was 38. We tried talking to her she was unresponsive, when I lifted her she started to cry but not like how she normally would, was still shaking and could not lift her left arm. We went to the emergency room at the hospital, the doc on call checked her and said he cant really say what caused it, could be a reaction to the vaccine but he cant really say. He gave her empaped and discharged us after 2 hours. What do you think could have caused it, any suggestions with a way forward? Thanks,

Expert's Reply


- 2020/07/05

I see that you submitted your question on 30/06/2020. It only came through for the Paediatrician's questions to day 05/07/2020.

You certainly had a fright with your little daughter when she had her 18 month vaccination. This is a repeat of her 6 -in 1 vaccinations that were given at 2,3 and 4 months. It is quite common for young children to develop a fever following this vaccination. Children of this age with a fever may shiver very slightly and their temperature does not usually go above 38 degrees. It is unlikey to happen again and is not a sign of an allergic reaction to the vaccination. The correct treatment is usually to give a single dose of Panado or Calpol syrup which contains Paracetamol, the same ingredient that is is found in the Empaped suppository, which is also a good choice.

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